New Laws regarding INFECTION CONTROL IN DENTAL SETTINGS for Dentists, Hygienists and Assistants

Continuing Education for Dentists and Dental Hygienists

The bill requires dentists and dental hygienists to complete at least one  contact hour (i.e., 50 minutes) every two years of training or education in infection control in a dental setting, as part of existing  continuing education requirements. The requirement applies to registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2016.

The bill makes a corresponding change by providing that dentists' other continuing education must include at least one contact hour in  any three, rather than four, of the 10 mandatory topics prescribed by  the DPH commissioner.

By law, starting with their second license renewal, (1) dentists generally must complete 25 contact hours of continuing education every two years  and (2) dental hygienists generally must complete 16 contact hours every two years.

Dental Commission Disciplinary Action

The bill allows the dental commission to take disciplinary action against a dentist for failure to adhere to the most recent version of the  National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for infection control in dental settings.

New State Dental Mandates Assistants
Existing law allows dentists to delegate certain procedures to dental  assistants. Starting on January 1, 2018, the bill prohibits dentists  from delegating any dental procedures to a dental assistant who has not  provided the dentist a record documenting that he or she passed the  Dental Assisting National Board's infection control examination. The bill also requires dentists delegating procedures to an assistant to keep these records for  inspection on DPH's request.

Radiation, Health and Safety has been a Connecticut Law (1995) requiring dental assistants to be DANB certified in RHS.  If the office is requested by the DPH, verification of RHS certification must be produced.

The link below allows you or your staff member to verify if he/she passed the DANB ICE exam and if they are Radiation Health and Safety certified.   The link is very temperamental so make sure you list all combinations of your name (i.e. maiden, middle initial, full name, shortened name).  It states it does searches for a variety/shortened names but that’s not the case.

Please verify that you and your dental assistants are DANB ICE and Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) certified.  Only DANB ICE and RHS certification are approved so if your name does not appear in this listing your are not DANB certified.   






(NEW) On January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long awaited final rule that modifies parts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Passed by Congress in 1996, HIPAA enables workers to transfer and continue health insurance coverage if they lose or change jobs, provides standards for the use of protected health information in electronic health records, and mandates the protection and confidentiality of protected health informationThe final rule applies to covered entities (medical/dental providers) and business associates (organizations that use and disclose protected health information to provide administrative services to medical/dental providers). The compliance date for most aspects of the final rule is September 23, 2013.  FOR MORE INFORMATION - HIPAAFinal

OSHA regulations require annual update on blood borne pathogens in the training of the exposure control plan (who to report to if an incident occurs) tailored to their dental office settings.

(NEW) Effective December 1, 2013: New Federal government regulations for re-education of employees

The Hazards Communication program is part of OSHA training for all employees. The purpose of having the MSDS was inform all employees to be aware of the hazardous chemicals they were exposed to on a daily basis at work. It is important for employees to know how to handle, mix, use, store and dispose of all chemicals used in their practice. Up until these new changes are implemented MSDS did not always contain enough information for the proper use of chemicals. Also with international trade, what may be considered hazardous in China may not have been considered hazardous here in the US. The new changes bring about Globally Harmonized safety data sheets. So if a chemical is hazardous here it is hazardous every. There will be pictograms on the SDS. Also secondary container labels will change. Below, are important deadlines from the OSAP web site for when these changes are due.  Until all changes have been made please refer to your current MSDS.

Important Deadlines:

12/1/2013: Employers must have trained employees on new label elements and safety data sheet format.

6/1/2015: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors

RHS For DA: Effective January 1, 1995: CT requires all dental assistants exposing radiographs to be certified in radiation health and safety. To take a class, please contact PLS-203-261-2857.


CT requires dentists 25 continuing education credits (live or home study) biennially to include one hour of education in each of the following mandates:

  1. Infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS
  2. Access to care
  3. Rrisk management
  4. Care of special needs patients and
  5. Domestic violence including sexual abuse

 NEW: MASS Dental Assistants:

IMPORTANT NEWS! On November 5, 2014, the Board of Registration in Dentistry voted to revise the current requirement, pursuant to 234 CMR 8.02, that all licensed dental assistants must complete 12 CEUs in the first renewal cycle no later than October 31, 2015. The Board has revised this requirement in this manner:

All licensed dental assistants must complete 4-6 CEUs in the first renewal cycle no later than October 31, 2015.

The required 4-6 CEUs must be completed in the following two specific areas:

  • A minimum of 1 CEU for an online course OR 3 CEUs for a live course in the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control for Dental Healthcare Settings, AND
  • A minimum of 3 CEUs for a live course that results in certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED. No online BLS or CPR/AED certification courses will be accepted.
  • Please note this is a one-time only revision of the CEU requirements for all licensed dental assistants. Once the second licensure cycle begins on November 1, 2015, all licensed dental assistants will be required to complete 12 CEUs no later than October 31, 2017.

If a dental assistant was certified in BLS or CPR/AED between October 31, 2013 and October 31, 2015, then that certification will satisfy 3 of the required 4-6 CEUs that must be completed by October 31, 2015. There is no need to repeat a BLS or CPR/AED certification course if you became certified in this time period.

If there are any questions regarding the CEU requirements for renewing a dental assistant license, please contact the Board by phone at (617) 973-0924 or by email at

PLS offers online and live seminars to meet these requirments.